Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the evacuation of eight barrier islands along South Carolina’s south coast, worried about potential storm surge and wind dangers despite Hurricane Irma’s movement away from the state.
McMaster ordered the mandatory evacuations of all barrier islands in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties effective 10 a.m. Saturday. Most notable among those islands are Hilton Head, Edisto Beach and the Fripp Island resort community. Lane reversals will only occur in those affected counties.
“Weather is unpredictable,” the governor said. “We are making our best judgment based on the best judgment of many professionals throughout these states and based on the history of what prior storms have done.”